Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

United Kingdom has growing list of candidates trying to succeed Theresa May

United Kingdom has growing list of candidates trying to succeed Theresa May

A new Prime Minister will be in place by mid-July after a fast track Tory election campaign was set out following Theresa's May's tearful announcement yesterday that her turbulent reign will end on 7 June.

She plans to remain as party leader through US President Donald Trump's upcoming state visit and the 75th D-Day anniversary celebrations on June 6.

Trying to shape a legacy which will more likely be defined by her failed negotiation with the European Union, she listed some of the things she said she had achieved during her time in power, including tackling race relations and the gender pay gap.

Images of the Prime Minister breaking down in tears as she told how it had been "the honour of my life" to serve as leader fill the fronts of the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Express and The Sun. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside at 10 Downing Street in London.

The Foreign Secretary, 52, identifies as a one-nation conservative, campaigned for Remain in the 2016 referendum and would be a moderate candidate on Brexit in the leadership election.

Boris Johnson is the clear favourite with bookmakers and he has said Britain should be prepared to exit the bloc without any deal if no acceptable agreement could be reached.

Their main concern is that current frontrunners to head May's Conservative Party say they will get Brexit done at any cost.

In his role as 1922 chairman, Sir Graham was due to have a role in deciding the rules of the leadership contest before organising the ballots of Tory MPs.

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He also said the party needed a "leader for the future not just for now", capable of appealing to younger voters.

Both have embraced the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

But Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson warned that Mrs May's successor must take a strong line on Scotland's place in the United Kingdom, to secure her support.

Ms Leadsom, 56, has previously revealed that she was "seriously considering" running for the Conservative leadership.

Within minutes of the Prime Minister's statement, Cabinet colleagues - including some who have ambitions to replace her - paid tribute to Mrs May. "It looks nearly certain we're going to be faced with a Conservative leader who is a hard Brexiteer willing to take the country over the edge of a no-deal no matter what the damage to jobs or people's livelihoods", Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell told BBC radio.

Sparks began to fly in the contest with International Development Secretary Mr Stewart saying he would refuse to serve in a government lead by Mr Johnson as he appeared to compare the ex-foreign secretary to Pinocchio.

Mr Johnson's stiffest competition is likely to come from fellow Brexiteers Dominic Raab, who stands at 5/1, and Michael Gove who stands at 12/1.

The Conservative Party chooses its leaders in a two-step process: first comes a series of votes among the party's legislators to establish two top contenders, then there is a nationwide vote by about 120,000 party members.

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